In a letter dated 29 May 2020, the Provincial of the former Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus announced his decision to close the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, effective August 2021. You may read the Provincial’s letter, accompanying FAQs, and Br. Derby’s letter of response here.
While we are sorrowful at the decision, we are focused on the remaining time of ministry here in Wernersville. The Jesuit Center will continue to offer retreats and other programs for spiritual renewal, and to host groups, through August 2021. You can see our 2020-2021 program calendar here.
It has been over 67 years since I began my life as a member of the Jesuit order on July 30, 1952, at the age of 18. My call was influenced in large part by the example of the Jesuits who taught me at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, especially by the Jesuit scholastics, young men of dedication, humor, integrity, talent, and prayer. It was also influenced by my dedicated, self-sacrificing parents – by my mother’s total devotion to her three children and by my father’s admiration for the Jesuits who had taught him when he was a young boy in a struggling family whose immigrant father had brought them to New Orleans where my grandfather worked as a bookkeeper for a shipping company. His son, my father, was given a scholarship to Jesuit High and then to Loyola University, where he earned a degree in dentistry. This 67-year journey with the Jesuits has given me many wonderful companions, a variety of ministries – teaching, preaching, writing, and spiritual direction – and has filled me with gratitude to God and Jesus and to His holy mother.
"This 67-year journey has filled me with gratitude to God and Jesus and to His holy mother."
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Lucien Longtin, SJ –